This isn’t a real post but it made my whole day so I’m sharing it here

Kelly Vivanco is one of my very favorite artists ever.  To see why just take a look at this and this and this and all the rest of her paintings.

This morning she surprised me with a painting of my own and I wanted to share it with you…


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  1. That should be the cover of the paperback release! Awesome. Just. Awesome.

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  2. Awesome. You have best friends!

  3. Nice….Now you need Victor to build you a studio when you can display yourself…er…yeah.

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  4. Love her work, and this is AWESOME!

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  5. Oh wow! It’s lovely! So adorable :-)

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  6. Why do I now want a tiny hairdryer to use on my poor cat… who would NOT be pleased? Beautiful pic!

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  7. I love how the skull is the hair dryer and it’s just floating above…

  8. Awesome! I see why you love her!

  9. That is gorgeous! You really have the best friends.

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  10. LOVE this.


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  11. Why does Natalie Portman have a mouse on her head?

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  12. I second the paperback cover nomination. This would be pretty perfect.

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  13. These are SO FANTASTIC!

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  14. DUDE!!!

    that’s better than strawberry gravy any day

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  15. My favorite details is how the dryer blew the skull right out of his hand. This is just grand.

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  16. poor wittle fella !

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  17. !!! The best! I love it. It really should be the back cover of your paperback release, that would be so cool.

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  18. WOW! So cool. I love it. She’s very talented!

  19. But it NEEDS twine!

  20. I love it! Next you’ll both be using the hot comb.

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  21. dude, that rocks…..the eyes totally have this……deep, soulful……”I will screw with you and you will love me for it” thing going.
    Nailed it.

  22. She captured your Mona Lisa smirk beautifully! How great that she did that painting of you.

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  23. That is beautiful Jenny. I went and checked out her artwork and fell in love. I need more walls in my house dammit.

  24. That is excellent. Love it.

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  25. 30
    Jen Brooks

    That. Is. Awesome. Just like you. :-)

  26. awesome! <3

  27. How amazing. You have way better friends than me. Even though my internet friends are totally awesome.

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  28. Wow that is greatness.

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  29. I could have sworn he was juggling.

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  30. That is indeed completely awesome :-) And yes, like Jen (#29) said – just like you!

  31. Awesome. We should all be so lucky as to be caricatured with dead mice on our heads.

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  32. wow. agreed that this should be on the paperback cover of your book!

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  33. What a great Good Friday gift! Happy Easter, Jenny!

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  34. –>I bet that made you ridiculously happy. As it should.

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  35. Beyonce needs one too. Totally has to have her own painting.

  36. Hahahahahahhahaha, I think someone needs to draw zombie Jenny. ASAP.

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  37. Wow, her work is beautiful.

  38. If you squint your eyes and look real close you can see Will Wheaton collating papers inside the third roller to the right.
    p.s. I may or may not be drunk.

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  39. That’s fabulous. I love the little Hamlet mouse. Says Hamlet’s Mistress…. Duh.

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  40. That is fantastic, is your book trailer!

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  41. Lovely. Just lovely!

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  42. Even prettier than the real you, and that’s saying something. It’s not actually true, of course, but, it is very nice.

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  43. Love love love it… whimsy and the right attitude at the same time! Use it for book number two… or the new Fox animated series based on your book… and uh keep it away from the stalkers (just saying…)

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  44. Love it!

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  45. <3 <3 <3

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  46. thanks for the share!! Kelly V is excellent and a very lovely painting of yourself (and Hamlet)

  47. 53
    Susan Brunjes

    That is simply divine! What a FANTASTIC artist…now I must go check out her wares.

  48. It’s awesome how many pictures of you people have taken it upon themselves to create, but have you ever wished you’d put a different picture of yourself up in the first place? My photo is on all my books and I kinda wish I’d brushed my hair first. Looking good, though!

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  49. Thanks for linking us up to her. Those are some amazing works.

    They look like they belong in a book…or a book should be written around them.

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  50. That is flipping fantastic!! What a great depiction of you. She is tres talented. Bravo.

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  51. Ha! The mask comes off!

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  52. I’m new to your blog, so I don’t know the meaning of the mouse in the red cape, but he/she sure is cute :-)

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  53. You have had so much artwork done….. when do we get to see a Bloggess art gallery?

    Still waiting for a Banksy portrait to be done….

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  54. Love it! And I love her stuff! I didn’t look at the ones you picked out first, and we ended up picking a few of the same ‘likes’.

  55. Nicely done. Girls got talent!

  56. Your in the newspaper industry, right? Is that a bribe for future benefits by any chance… LoL

    Keep smiling

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  57. LOVE it! That’s just amazing. Nothing pithy or cute to add–just straight-on admiration. Well done!

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  58. I agree with Sayre and whoever else said this should be the paperback edition cover, because it really is awesome.

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  59. You have got to luv the talent. Much better than the stick figures that seem to plague every piece of paper I attempt to make art out of.

  60. That is amazing! I love her work, especially Stream, Knothole, Thoughts and Green Tea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  61. Jenny, I think you’d like my friend Dorielle’s art too. Link from my name. xoxo

  62. That is so much more than awesome.

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    Keaven Neely

    Beautiful! Love it.

  64. classic!!!!! the dryer blowing the skull right out of his hand. ……keep having a titter when i think of this…BRILLIANT post.x

  65. The painting it awesome!! I sometimes wish I had talent to paint and draw instead of the insane need to write, but I don’t have that talent. She does and it is fabulous!! :-)

  66. Ohhh I envy your painting skills! I soooo love this! I wish I could draw myself, too. LOL

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  67. This is fantastic! I’m going to spend some time exploring her site, now- I love her work!

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  69. you lucky, lucky girl!! She’s my favorite as well! amazing!! how big is it?? I have a tattoo on my ankle from one of her paintings.

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  70. That is gorgeous. And reminds me, after I read your book on my breand new ereader, i am lending it to my sister. she said and i quote “isn’t that the one with the mouse on the front? I kinda wanna read that” then I had to explain to my family, including my very proper grandparents, your taxidermy habit and how I wanted to put Juanita on my birthday cake but my toothache has cancelled all cake plans.

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  71. Very Cool!

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  72. Love it.

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  73. That is beautiful!

  74. Lucky!

  75. Wow, Kelly’s paintings are fantastic, even though she’s missing a scene where a fancy mouse is riding on the back of a flying platypus in the Sonoran Desert. Other than that, what a great talent.

  76. Iwant her to illustrate my book, the one that I haven’t written yet, but will start writing right this second if only to get her to illustrate it.

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  77. That is perfect. Simply perfect.

  78. Um, rad. Sign me up for your life, yo.

  79. So fantastic! I love artwork like that. I am in the process of adding new pieces to my own collection so that there are no so many naked pictures of me in my house, and these are awesome!

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  80. I like her art. I want one :)

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  81. My fave thing was when a reader made me an evil Snuggle Fabric Softener Bear®. It was all in the eyebrows.

    p.s. Check out that swan-like neck she gave you!

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  82. How awesome is that!!?

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  83. I have a feeling you’d really like this art:

    She has the most interesting yet true-to-life take on motherhood I’ve ever seen.

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  84. How talented! It’s perfect. You’re lucky to have such talented friends.

  85. OMG, that reminds me of a dream I had once where I had dead rats nesting in my hair. GREAT PICTURE, though. :-)

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  86. I second The Ho from Idaho’s request (Comment 58) for a Bloggess art gallery – that would be so cool!

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  87. She so perfectly captured your happysadchildfunny soul. lovely.

  88. That is amazing! She’s got quite a talent.

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  89. That is beautiful art, but why did she make you look like you saw a ghost? Oh wait….(in loud stage whisper) did you?

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  90. That’s amazing! She’s very talented.

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  91. I love this so hard.

    Which is saying a lot, given my debilitating fear of both mice and portable hair dryers …

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  92. Wow, I especially loved “Offshore”. Incredible talent!

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  93. Wow, she did an amazing job capturing emotion. Beautiful painting.

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  94. NOW I know what to do when a taxidermied mouse climbs on top of my head! Of COURSE!

    Perfect portrait. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  95. This is fabulous! You should definitely get a print done of that!

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  96. EW reviewed your book, mentioned your website, and now I have to read how many fucking back posts to catch up? I didn’t want to like you ( I already have a ton of DVR guilt! And so I can’t possibly do blog guilt too), but then I read “unicorn success club” and now I’m so afraid I will miss something really funny, AND everyone will be talking about me because I don’t know all the cool posts Jenny Lawson has written.

  97. This picture belongs in a Museum of Fun!

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  98. Whoa. That looks great and all…but what is Ferris gonna think about this?

    Isn’t up top where he stays??

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  99. Great! This is awesome. As well as her other paintings.

  100. It is fabulous! I love it! You are right, her artwork is unique and wonderful.

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  101. Wait, now I have to stare at that picture – you all see a skull getting blown out and here I thought Hamlet had a teeny Phantom of the Opera mask…

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  102. Man, I love that. Like would hang it in my own house. And not as a creepy shrine to you, but just because its that awesome.

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  103. Amazing! Thanks for sharing the painting and the artist.

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  104. AWESOme !!!!

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  105. Wow that is fabulous, love her paintings!

  106. This is the most awesome thing in the world. I am slightly jealous!!

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  107. What fun!

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  108. That is awesome!!!!

  109. Love it! You should have it framed and hang it above your fireplace mantel with one of those picture spotlights on it. ;)

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  110. What Jaki said! Love the style.

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  111. incredible! now just be sure not to spill any strawberry – or other flavored – gravy on it!

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  112. That is so freaking amazing. Art is the ultimate gift and art about yourself, even better!! I heart you Bloggess!

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    Dennis Dillow

    I think this artist di a great job of capturing the true Bloggess spirit.

  114. “Drunking” is better than saying “Piss up” which when you are drunk becomes “Pish up”

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  115. Beautiful!!!

  116. Lovely! Thanks for introducing some philistines to a great artist.
    I bet you would also like Ursula Vernon’s paintings.
    I especially love the series of animal saints. It is almost time to invoke St. Wombus and the miracle of the Zucchini :)

  117. This is the best picture ever!

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  118. Getting that painting is probably worth the entire blog thing, isn’t it?

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  119. Looks great, but I’m not sure if Hamlet should be tossing around that mouse skull. It’s probably brittle. And stuff. You know, like how mouse skulls are. Um… yeah.

    The end.

  120. What an amazing job she did!!

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  122. LOVE as well!

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  123. Ask her if I can share these with my students and have them write the stories behind them. They look like stories waiting to be illustrated by words from my gifted kids
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  124. This is an awesome image!

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  125. Wow, I am SO jealous. I LOVE Kelly Vivanco and it is my dream to have her paint my kids. Not literally paint them, but make a painting of them. But you knew what I meant.

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